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 NABJ NEWS   

March 12, 2020

As a result of concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we, unfortunately, must postpone ALL regional conferences, including Region II occurring this weekend. The safety of our members and attendees is our utmost concern. At this point, we are still preparing for the 2020 convention and career fair this summer in D.C. Read more here.

 

February 26, 2020
 
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is disheartened to learn, via a news report published today by The Arizona Republic, that the FBI arrested four “racially motivated violent extremists" from four states for delivering threats by mail to journalists and activists of color, as well as representatives of the Jewish community. Their actions are believed to be a part of the efforts of an online hate group or neo-Nazi extremist group.
Read more here.

 


February 16, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) met with ViacomCBS Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Marva Smalls on Thursday, February 13, 2020.Candid discussions centered on diversity and inclusion (D&I) paths and the ViacomCBS commitment in the future following the merger of Viacom and CBS last December.
 
The journalism organizations requested the meeting because members wanted assurances that diversity and inclusion were important components of future plans at the company. Read more here.

 

February 7, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is concerned about two recent developments unfolding at ViacomCBS. The company has accepted a request from NABJ, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) to meet in person with its senior leadership regarding our concerns next week.  Read more here.

 

January 30, 2020

NABJ President Dorothy Tucker delivered remarks before a national audience during a special ceremony held by the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the unveiling of the Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp.

The ceremony was held on January 30, 2020, at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Ifill, a trailblazing journalist and NABJ Hall of Famer, is now the 43rd stamp in the USPS Black Heritage Series. She passed in November 2016.

Various NABJ members participated in the program and current and past Board members, as well as Founders and other local and regional officers, attended. They are pictured above with President Tucker. 

Read more here.

 

January 27, 2020

NABJ is saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the other individuals aboard who are no longer with us. We extend our prayers and condolences to the Bryant family, friends, past teammates and business colleagues who were impacted by Mr. Bryant’s life and legacy. We also send our thoughts to the NABJ members and other journalists who got to know Bryant well while covering their beats. Bryant was not only an NBA and sports legend, but he was a passionate storyteller. His work through Granity Studios emphasized the importance of Black media entrepreneurs and their ability to bring diverse perspectives. He provided a platform for writers, producers and illustrators to use their talents to inspire the next generations. Read more here.

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Jan. 23, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced Leisa Richardson and Walter Smith-Randolph as its program chairs for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair.

Richardson is a veteran journalist and executive editor at The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. Smith-Randolph is an award-winning journalist and reporter at WKRC Local 12 News in Cincinnati.

 

“Leisa and Walter have played important roles in spearheading the innovative programming we offer our members at past conventions, conferences and media institutes,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “They each bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry that will help to ensure the success of this year’s convention. I am thrilled to have them join our 2020 convention team.” Read more here.

 

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Jan. 21, 2020

In 1988, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon surveyed National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) members during its annual convention in St. Louis to find out how satisfied they were as journalists of color in America’s newsrooms. She published the results in the 1993 report, “Job Satisfaction Factors Important to Black Journalists.”
 
The study, found here, provided a scan of the workplace environment experienced by Black journalists and underscored complaints of:
 
  • Unfair newsroom treatment
  • Little opportunity for job advancement
  • Being overlooked for management positions
  • Being pigeonholed into token positions
  • Being required to work twice as hard to be considered just as qualified as white colleagues
 
Noticing that these complaints have resurfaced among Black journalists in recent years, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker reached out to Bramlett-Solomon in 2019 to reconnect and co-author a new version of the “NABJ Job Satisfaction Survey.” Tucker is an investigative broadcast journalist in Chicago, who previously served as NABJ’s Vice President-Broadcast. Read more here.

 

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Jan. 20, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has named Syb Brown, Ph.D., and Cherri Gregg, Esq., as its co-chairs for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair.   The Convention will be held jointly with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), July 8-12, 2020, in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. 

Registration is now open at  NABJNAHJConvention.com.

“These two phenomenal women have made profound impacts not only at all levels of NABJ but throughout their respective careers. I am thrilled to have them as our chairs,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “Their commitment and passion for our organization along with their diverse experiences across the media industry and beyond will help to make the 2020 convention one for the record books.”  Read more here.

 

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Jan. 16, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of veteran sports journalists Roscoe Nance. From 1986-2007, Nance’s wrote for USA TODAY with his work spanning across sports including covering the Olympics, pro basketball, Pan Am Games and Black colleges. He continued to make an impact as an independent writer. Read more here.

 

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Jan. 14, 2020

Registration for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair is now open. The Convention will be held July 8-12, 2020 in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Programming will also be held at the Convention's adjacent overflow hotel—The Omni Shoreham. General Convention information can be found at www.nabjnahjconvention.com To register click here or read more here.
 

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Jan. 10, 2020

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have announced their joint 2020 convention theme and logo. The  #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair will be held July 8-12 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

 
The 2020 theme is “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” It was selected to highlight the influence and impact both organizations have had throughout their respective histories and calls attention to the important role both groups play in shaping the future of news and media. NABJ was established in December 1975 and NAHJ was established in April 1984.
Read more here.

 

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Jan. 7, 2020

June Bacon-Bercey was the personification of the word trailblazer. She opened doors for not just people of color but women in meteorology and broadcast. 


She overcame many obstacles and used her experiences to reach back and prepare the next generation. Her commitment to educating those who were underrepresented in the field was inspiring. She made personal sacrifices for those who would come after her to give them a fighting chance at success in her field. Read more here.

 

Dec. 26, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Edward Aschoff. Edward was an ESPN college football reporter and considered a "rising star" in sports journalism. He was respected as a powerful storyteller on camera and as a writer. Read more here.

 

 

Dec. 23, 2019

 
NABJ President Dorothy Tucker is launching the "Each 1 Reach 1 Membership Drive" to reward members for their referrals of new and returning members. The drive not only focuses on ensuring more Black journalists, media professionals, students and educators benefit from NABJ programming and services but also serves to help members save money on convention registration. Read more here.

 

 

Dec. 23, 2019

 

A Message from the President

Earlier this month, during my trip to Doha, Qatar to address the Al Jazeera Center for Public Liberties and Human Rights’ Symposium on “The Challenges of Press Freedom,” I committed to NABJ using its platforms more often to spread awareness about threats to press freedom and the protection of journalists, here and abroad. I am happy to report that we have had a productive dialogue with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and hope to be sharing more details about our partnership very soon.

As the year comes to a close and people are preparing to celebrate various holidays with their families and friends, I ask you to join me today in remembering those journalists who may be jailed, facing persecution or various personal threats.

Let's remember journalists who will not have the opportunity to enjoy this time of year. Journalists like Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein, who is suffering for simply doing his job and seeking to report the truth. Read more here.

 

 

Dec. 20, 2019

 

NABJ is now accepting nominations for its Special Honors Awards and Hall of Fame Inductees. The honorees will be announced as a part of the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair in July 2020 in Washington, D.C. Read more here.

 

 

 

Dec. 17, 2019

 

Hotel bookings for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair are now open. There are new guidelines for booking at the host hotel and overflow hotel. Read more here.

 

 

 

Dec. 13, 2019

 

The  NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award bestowed to a worthy journalist. The  travel award is now open and provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and  the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2020. Read more here.


 

Dec. 12, 2019

 

Today is a special day! On this day 44 years ago, NABJ was founded in Washington, D.C., because of the passion, commitment and vision of 44 great men and women!
 
Thank you to our Founders, Past Presidents, Past and Present Board Members, Volunteers and Partners for your dedication over the years. NABJ changed my life and I know for sure that it has changed the lives of thousands around the world.
 
During my administration, I want to focus on honoring and advancing the ideas that our Founders had when they came together on this historic day. We will return to the place where they gathered, as we meet for our joint convention with NAHJ from July 8-12 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

 

Read more from President Dorothy Tucker here.

 


Dec. 10, 2019

The National Football League (NFL) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) have announced a partnership to offer four summer internships for students at the League's New York headquarters and Los Angeles office. The NFL-NABJ internship program will offer students seeking content opportunities in sports a hands-on, unmatched, and behind-the-scenes learning experience. Interns will be placed with NFL Communications (New York City), the NFL Media Group (Los Angeles), or NFL Football Operations (New York City).

Read more here.

Dec. 5, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Dorothy Tucker will travel to Doha, Qatar in the coming days as part of the organization’s plans to intensify efforts to combat increasing verbal and physical attacks against journalists, including NABJ members, in the United States and abroad.

 
Tucker, who was elected in August, will speak at the two-day Al Jazeera Center for Public Liberties and Human Rights’ symposium, titled “The Challenges of Press Freedom: Facing Impunity, Rule of Law and Human Rights.

Read more here.

 

Nov. 26, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is mourning the loss of Miami Times Publisher Emeritus Garth C. Reeves Sr., who passed away on Monday at the age of 100. In 2017, Reeves was inducted into NABJ’s Hall of Fame at the age of 98.

 

“Mr. Reeves was truly a voice of the community,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “Not only was he an inspirational leader among the Black Press but his impact and influence reached beyond the world of news. He was active in the advancement of education and business in his community and played an important role in local civil rights efforts.” Read more here.


Nov. 20, 2019

Charles Barkley's comment to reporter Alexi McCammond, which included the words "I don't hit women but if I did I would hit you" is highly offensive and unacceptable. Additionally, when Ms. McCammond objected to his comment, she said he responded, "you can't take a joke." NABJ finds no humor in this case and calls on not only Barkley but everyone to refrain from using insulting language and actions that are threats of physical or mental abuse -- no matter how they are presented. We are grateful to Ms. McCammond, the 2019 NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year, for bringing this comment to light. NABJ does not condone any commentary, in any setting, that will disrespect or disregard women or that supports violence against anyone. 

Read more here.

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Our  Statement on Alexi McCammond's 2012 Tweets can be found here.

Nov. 20, 2019

Update: Azuka has been released. We are awaiting updates.

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NABJ is disheartened to learn that KNWA/FOX24 reporter Nkiruka Azuka has been sentenced to 10 days in jail with 7 days suspended, 6 months probation and a ban from covering a murder trial in a judge's courtroom, according to news reports.  NABJ believes the sentence is excessive.

As reported by her station, Azuka is being jailed for a simple oversight, that she apologized for, which occurred while working on a news assignment. She stated that she was unaware of a court's rule that did not permit her to record while reporting on a murder trial. She later confirmed that she did not publish the recordings.

Read more here.

Nov. 13, 2019

I am impressed with The Daily Northwestern Editor Troy Closson's efforts to manage the recent backlash of his paper's coverage of the Jeff Sessions event and protests. I doubt he will make the same mistakes again, and that's okay -- that's how we grow. - Dorothy Tucker

Read more here.

 

Nov. 11, 2019

Northwestern University, in partnership with Reuters and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), has launched a new scholarship program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. 

“Reuters and Medill are two of the most influential forgers in journalism,” said NABJ President and Northwestern alumnus Dorothy Tucker. “I am thrilled about the impact this scholarship will have on our student members and for generations to come. Now more than ever, we need these types of partnerships to further the cause of media diversity and strengthen the field of journalism.” Read more here.

 

Oct. 31, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today announced the Board of Directors’ selections for the host cities of the association's National Convention & Career Fair for 2023 through 2026. 
 
They are:
 
  • 2023 - Birmingham
  • 2024 - Chicago 
  • 2025 - Cleveland
  • 2026 - Atlanta 
 
Previously announced convention cities include Washington, D.C. in 2020, Houston in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022. Read more here.

 

Read more information on The Philly Letter here (Nov. 7, 2019)

 

Oct. 29, 2019

Before kicking off its fall meeting in Los Angeles, the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) Board of Directors held its inaugural #NABJAdvocacy Day on Oct. 25. Led by President Dorothy Tucker, Board members and Executive Director Drew Berry visited local newsrooms, national network headquarters, publishing companies, PR firms and spent time with several Black Press newspapers. NABJ Journal Editor Kathy Chaney also participated in meetings. Read more here.

 

 Oct. 28, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Congressman Conyers was one of the longest-serving members of Congress. He was committed to civil rights and made history as one of six Black congresspersons to win during a 1964 election. He was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. Read more here.

 

Oct. 23, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds the U.S. Postal Service for memorializing the life and legacy of NABJ member and Hall of Famer Gwen Ifill. 

Ifill, who passed in November 2016, will be featured on the 43rd stamp in the USPS Black Heritage Series, which will be a commemorative “forever” stamp. It will be issued in 2020. In announcing the stamp, the USPS said Ifill was “a trailblazer.” Read more here.

 

 

Oct. 17, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an inspirational leader and trailblazer. Rep. Cummings was a friend and champion of NABJ and its cause of media diversity.

A passionate advocate for civil rights, Cummings also fearlessly chaired the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Maryland's Seventh Congressional District since 1996.  Read more here.

 


Oct. 16, 2019
 
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Dorothy Tucker has appointed Kathy Chaney as the editor of the NABJ Journal. Chaney is a veteran and award-winning, multiplatform journalist, editor and executive.
 
The Journal serves as NABJ’s official publication for organizational, member and industry news and is distributed nationally. Chaney will also serve as the editor of the NABJ Bulletin. The Bulletin will be a monthly email newsletter distributed to members and partners during the second week of each month. The newsletter will begin publication in January 2020. Read more here.

 

Oct. 11, 2019
 
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates our 2019 scholarship recipients. NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism or media-related fields. This year, NABJ awarded $80,000 in scholarships with the help of our members, supporters and partners. Read more here.

 

Oct. 7, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joins the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and numerous other civil rights organizations in urging Comcast and the Supreme Court to not dismantle the critical protections provided under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The potential outcome of Comcast’s urging of the Supreme Court to undo equal opportunity protections afforded under the Act could impact our more than 4,000 members, as well as Black media professionals and entrepreneurs nationwide.  Read more here.

 

Sept. 30, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) celebrates the life of William H. Lee, Ph.D., a longtime advocate for black journalists and co-founder and publisher of the Sacramento Observer, who passed on Sept. 22. Lee was a champion for ensuring that black media professionals have equal access as members of the working press.  Read more here.

 

Sept. 21, 2019

Now you can experience, read, watch or hear the award-winning work of our 2019 Salute to Excellence winners. Simply click on the link of their winning submission and enjoy!  The Salute to Excellence Awards highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in collegiate, digital, print, television, radio, photojournalism, podcasting and public relations/marketing categories. The winners were announced during NABJ's record-breaking Convention & Career Fair in Miami, Florida in August.  Read more here.

  

Sept. 12, 2019 

The highest-ranking black executive at FOX Business Network (FBN) has stepped down, according to The Associated Press.

 

Today, FBN announced that Brian Jones departed as president and was replaced with Lauren Petterson, who previously served as FOX News’ senior vice president of morning programming and talent development.  Read more here.

 

Sept. 10, 2019

The #naturalhaironair photo featuring NABJ members, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker (center) and Region II Director Sia Nyorkor, which was captured at the #NABJ19 Convention & Career Fair, has won the hearts of America and gone VIRAL! Find out why. Read more here.

 


  

Sept. 1, 2019 

Dear NABJ Members,
 
We are disappointed and disturbed about the recent and frequent inappropriate actions and growing use of photos, artwork, language and videos that are culturally offensive and insensitive in today’s media landscape. Many believe the current racial climate may be one driver of what appears to be a surge in such activities. Other times, it is simply ignorance of cultural sensitivities, blatant disregard or a lack of training.  Read more from President Tucker here.



Aug. 29, 2019

NABJ has already reached out to Hearst, the owners of KOCO -TV in Oklahoma, City, and we are preparing to take steps that will not only help the television station but the industry as a whole reduce the likelihood of such egregious incidents. Upon reviewing the footage, several other issues were immediately noticed .... Read more from President Tucker here.

 

Aug. 26, 2019

NABJ extends heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Donna Davis, a veteran TV journalist. She served as a news anchor and reporter at WMC Action News 5 in Memphis, Tennessee until 2008.  She passed on Sunday afternoon. Read more here.

 

Aug. 22, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) extends its condolences, prayers and thoughts to the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards. Read more here.

 

Aug. 16, 2019
 
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is mourning the loss of veteran New Orleans journalist and WVUE FOX 8 News anchor Nancy Parker.  Beloved by her community, Parker, 53, served as an anchor on daily newscasts at FOX 8 for more than 20 years. She passed in a small plane crash while working on a story in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon. The plane’s pilot also passed.  Read more here

 

Aug. 14, 2019

We are surveying members to analyze how satisfied black journalists and communicators are in their respective workplaces. We will use the data to report on the state of our industry and the concerns of our members, as well as encourage print, digital, broadcast, media-related and educational companies and organizations to make better decisions in matters of diversity and inclusion. Take the survey here.

 

Aug. 13, 2019 

Dear NABJ Members:
 
Thank you for entrusting me with your vote and your confidence in my ability to lead NABJ into the future. I am humbled, excited and will work hard to earn every vote that was cast. Now more than ever, our members need and deserve affordable and accessible resources designed to help them excel and navigate in our ever-changing industry. Read more from President Tucker here.

 

Aug. 9, 2019

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected its Vice President-Broadcast, Dorothy Tucker as the 22nd President of the Association. Tucker, an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago garnered411 votes, defeating Gregory Lee Jr., senior managing director of the Athletic, (203 votes); and Marlon Walker, education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (138 Votes).
 
Tucker joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Prior to that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, CO, REG-TV in Memphis, TN (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, IL. at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. Tucker previously served on the NABJ Board of Directors as Region V Director.
 
"I talk for a living, but I am speechless...I am humbled by your support over the last few months," said Tucker. "One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone."

 

Read more about our new Board members and other voting matters here.

 

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